Photoshop tutorial: Video editing inside Photoshop CS6 step-by-step

Photoshop CS6 gains a basic timeline, aiming to be a functional video editor for digital SLR owners. We show you how to cut.

Intro


Photoshop CS6 gains a basic timeline, which would turn it into a functional video editor for digital SLR owners looking to work with video without having to buy FCP, Premiere Pro or Avid – if only you could keyframe adjustments

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Step 1

STEP 1

Photoshop CS6’s new Timeline is based on the Layers panel. Layers become tracks within it, allowing you to combine video with graphics, and apply all of Photoshop’s photo-editing functions. Only a limited set of controls can be keyframed though, including position and opacity.  

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Step 2

STEP 2

Here we’re working on an HD MOV (though we’ve saved the project as a PSD). The video’s a little dark and shadow detail has been lost in the mountains, so we’ve applied a Curves adjustment to fix this. 

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Step 3

STEP 3

You can apply basic transitions between clips. To do this, click  the + button on the end of the Timeline, and select a second clip. Then open up the Transitions panel and drag a crossfade (or a different transition) between your clips. 

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Neil Bennett

STEP 4

Neil Bennett is editor of Digital Arts.

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For more on Photoshop CS6, check out our exclusive special edition for the iPad and Android tablets through the Digital Arts app.